3 Ways to Safely Control an Opponent on the Ground for Self Defense.

Reverse lapeloplatas and inside-out upside-down berimbolos might be fun to train and effective for some guys in high level competition, but at its core Brazilian Jiu-jitsu is a martial art. So once in a while we need to regroup, refocus, and give some thought to what parts of the art we would use in a real self defense situation.

In self defence we have to deal with a huge number of variables that aren’t part of the equation in class or at the local BJJ tournament…

  • Should I actually fight, run away, or try to defuse the situation verbally?
  • If we do fight how far should I escalate it; should my goal be controlling my opponent, obtaining a verbal submission, teaching him a lesson or disabling him?
  • Does the guy have a knife or other weapon?
  • Should I use a weapon or improvise one from whatever’s at hand?
  • Is he going to try to eye gouge, bite, scratch or finger twist us?
  • Does he have a communicable disease like HIV or Hepatitis?
  • Does he have friends who are going to intervene?
  • Will bystanders get involved?
  • What are the legal implications of defending myself?
  • Should I take this fight to the ground or keep it standing?
  • Etc.

When it comes to self defense and controlling someone on the ground not every position is created equal.

Here’s a video about some of the better positions to use on the ground should a street confrontation should escalate into an actual physical fight, and you decide to take the fight to the ground.

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